Monday, August 30, 2010

Spooky Monday Post #1!

Hello Lovelies!!!
I am so excited to be a part of Spooky Monday , courtesy of Wendy's Adventures in Wonderland!

Practical Magic Blog Party
This is my very first Spooky Monday Post !!!

First and Foremost, I want to share with you all , what Halloween means to me. It is a very special holiday to me, and holds so many memories of my childhood, even leading into my adulthood. I still feel like a child whenever that bewitching time of year rolls around!! It usually starts for me around late August. I start my preparations right at the end of summer, because 4 weeks of october are just not enough for me. Not only because 4 weeks is just not enough time to get everything done, but because I am alittle overindulgent in that respect, teehee!! I actually get some very odd looks from my librarian at the checkout counter, when they see me taking out Halloween books, when it's still August. Sometimes they even comment!

But anywho, when I was a wee one, my parents used to host some pretty wicked Halloween parties at my grandmother's house, and just last year I decided to start up the tradition again , hosting at my house! It was a tradition that has been lost, but why not bring something back so wickedly fun for everyone to share!?! So I guess my Spooky Mondays will partly be dedicated to showing off my party preparations, or memories from past Halloweens ... Another part of my Spooky Mondays will be sharing craft ideas, recipes, costume ideas, magazine articles, or books that I have found that have inspired me. And another very important part of my Spooky Mondays, will be the video I will include at the end of my post. The video will most likely be a Halloween Cartoon or TV Show from my childhood, that I have to watch every year in preparation, to help get me in the Halloween Spirit !!

Now without further adieu, I present you my very first SPOOKY MONDAY!

This past week I was very busy working on my wacky spooky birdhouses, inspired by Tim Burton's designs of Halloweentown from the movie Nightmare Before Christmas. He uses alot of vertical stripes, and swirly patterns. I bought these plain wooden unfinished birdhouses from A.C. Moore for a few cents each. I also bought some Black, Copper, and Orange Glitter to finish off my paint with.

The roof is made of craft moss, which I also bought from A.C. Moore, and painted it black after I hot glued it to the roofs. The bats sticking out of the rooftops are cut out of felt. I cut 2 bats out for each one (front and back). The metal attachment are just paper clips, wrapped around a wooden dowel to get the spiral shape. After you take it off your dowel, pull apart just a bit and make sure one end is straight enough to glue onto your bat. Now take 1 bat cutout, and place some hot glue in the center of the bat. Now place the straight edge of your paper clip in the center of the glue drop and press down. Now place more glue over that, and seal it in with another bat cutout!! Now glue between the bat wings on both sides, and smooth out. Take the loose end of the paper clip, and coat in hot glue. Insert it into the craft moss on the roof of your birdhouse, and make sure it is hidden pretty well... I also have painted my paper clip black, to match everything else...

Now, I want to introduce you to my little friend...

Her name is Willemina! We have been friends for a few years. I found her in an enchanting little shop along the main street in Chester, NJ. She sits upon tuffet from where she casts her magic. She is a good witch, and she specializes in love spells!!

She is a spider tamer... Most people , like myself , are afraid of spiders!! But she embraces them , and they tell her their secrets !!

She summons her dear friends by candlelight... even the flames dance for her!

She was happy to have met you all !!!

Next I want to share some books with you, which I have took out on loan from my local library! These books have so many great ideas, so if you could pick up any of these, you definitely should!!

The Big Book of Halloween Fun
by Susie Johns
This book is mostly kiddie costumes and party ideas, but there were a few cute decor things towards the back that I can't wait to try!! Including some scary finger puppets !! :-B

Halloween Tricks and Treats
by Matthew Mead
This book is mostly food ideas for your Halloween parties. There are also some cute decor ideas towards the back, including the hanging chandelier ghosties made out of white cupcake wrappers! I also plan on trying those !

A Grownup's Guide to Creative Costumes, Devlish Decor, & Fabulous Festivities
by Joanne O'Sullivan
This book is def my fave one... The beginning is mostly costume ideas, but towards the end is where the fun starts! It gives cool alternative themes other than your traditional Halloween stuff... They give some cool Dia De Lost Muertos decor ideas, and New Orleans VooDoo ideas.
They also give ideas for a classy Masked Ball Dessert Party!! And all of these ideas are complete with AWESOME color pictures !!!

So if you can run out and get ANY one of these books, or ALL , you will be filled with inspiration!!

I hope you all enjoyed my very first SPOOKY MONDAY POST!!! I am so sorry I took so long to prepare this!! I can't wait for the next one !

Now I leave you with this cute Halloween Cartoon from my childhood

Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile

Trick or Treat!!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Holy Crepe, It's already the end of August!?!?

Hello Lovelies!!
First of all, I want to apologize for being M.I.A for the past month!!! I have been so busy with other aspects of my life, I had not had the urge to blog... but that doesn't mean I don't love you guys!! It just means that I have been very productive, I started a new music project called Stelladeora, that I am super excited about, so that has been taking up a lot of my free time. I have been working on a website for us and you can check that out HERE.

Now also I just want to do a quick update on the Practical Magic Blogger's Party! I have started on a few items for the party , back in the middle of July, and then I had to put that on hold. Tsk Tsk , I know !! But there is still a whole month to prepare !! I just wanted to say that we currently have 158 people involved !!! How we got that many people on board, is BEYOND ME !! But I am totally excited to be held partly responsible for the outbreak of such obsession with this movie !! Anna and I, really truly cannot wait to see all of your lovely creations....

It's always about this time, when the summer is ending and the air starts to get a bit more crisp. And then before you know it, you start waking up to dew on your winshield in the early morning, and then the leaves start to change all of those fiery colors!! Fall is the most exciting time of year for me, and I promise that I will post more during that time, because I can almost guarantee that every single day of Autumn will bring me a new inspiration! So that is my goal, to be more prominent here in this little world of blogs, and document my fall harvest for you all :-) It is the MOST special time of year for me....

Summer is not over YET though , so I wanted to post a little summery treat, which my friend Marie had sent me lastnight....

courtesy of Crepes of Wrath

Don't those look just GORGEOUS and TASTY!!! You know you want the recipe !!!



Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Write Me A Song" to be a part of "The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed" Soundtrack!

Hello Lovelies !

I want to tell you something that I am so honored to be a part! I am going to be a part of my very first Book Soundtrack!!

I was recently approached by author Alex Austin (a Los Angeles-based novelist and playwright), to use my song "Write Me a Song" , as part of his book soundtrack. His book, titled "The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed" is about 22-year-old musician Sam Nesbitt, who escaped a corrupt and dead-end life in "The Perfume Factory," and struggles to rid himself of his personal demons, past and present, as he pursues a rock 'n' roll dream against the backdrop of Asbury Park, NJ. "The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed" is the sequel to Austin's critically acclaimed novel "The Perfume Factory", a coming-of-age story set on the Jersey Shore.

This is very special to me , being that I am a New Jersey native, and I have started my whole career playing coffeehouses, and bars in Asbury Park, and the Jersey Shore!

This book can be purchased on for $11.95!

I am SO excited to announce that THIS FRIDAY NIGHT , August 6, 2010, 10pm to Midnight , Alex will be interviewed on-air in the studio of WRSU-FM, to WRSU 88.7 FM , Rutgers University, by Geoffrey Pape. The show is called Overnight Sensations , and is also available at .

They will be talking about the novel, "The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed", and the upcoming podcast. The show will feature songs from the podcast, including “Write Me a Song". (he's using it with Chapter 2)

I hope you all listen in!!

Thank you all for your support!

Listen to "Write Me a Song" Now!